mom took me outside this afternoon and I got to enjoy a raspberry blizzard from the besties.
Today was Kery’s first appointment at the Tom Baker to get the results of the pathology of “Teddy”. While the results were not what we were hoping for there are some positives. The tumour is stage 3 and the type of cancer is agressive. The worldwide standard of care, which was researched and developed in Calgary, is 33 radiation treatments over the course of 6 to 7 weeks. Some other positives for Kery are her age, her health, her strength and determination and most important the surgeon was able to remove all the the tumour that he could see. Kery is also eligible for a clinical trial which could include chemo in her treatment plan. It is a blind study so there is no guarantee that she would receive the chemo treatment but if she does it would be in pill form. That means she could do the treatments at home although it still entails all the normal chemo side effects. The most important positive of all is the love and support of all of her family and friends throughout this journey and we sincerely thank each and every one of you.
Every day brings some new adventures and every new adventure builds up Kery’s strength and stamina. After a lunch time visit with Christine and Sandy it was off to physio. Today was the day to work on endurance and Kery walked for about 20 minutes with only a couple of rests of a minute or two. And it was all on her own, not even a walker. She then went directly to occupational therapy where she worked on her arm strength as well as some scanning exercises for her eyes. After a brief rest we went outside to enjoy some fresh air. We then spent some time in her room when she received a phone call from the doctor she had been seeing about the problem with her shoulder. They were calling to schedule an MRI on her shoulder and Kery said she was sorry but she wouldn’t be able to keep the appointment because she was in the Foothills Hospital recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour. They didn’t have much of a response to that! Then Aileen and Michelle came for a visit and Kery walked to the lounge area and sat on the couch while visiting. Dr. Kelly stopped by and was impressed that Kery was doing so well. We then went back outside and waited for Dawn and Ann and when they arrived Kery, Dawn, Michelle, Aileen, Ann and myself all went to dinner in the cafeteria. Then it was back outside for a bit more fresh air before settling in for the night. A very busy day but a very good day.
Kery was a happy girl when we left the hospital tonight. She has her new I-Pad and is looking forward to getting it all set up. She also finally has wi-fi at the hospital and is excited about being able to surf the net. It was a beautiful day today so after physio this afternoon Kery, Gary and I sat outside for about an hour and a half. We then went back to her room and she continued to work on getting the new I-Pad up and running. After dinner Kery walked the short distance to the lounge area and sat on the couch as we waited for Dawn and Ann. When Gary and I left the hospital Kery, Ann and Dawn were still enjoying some fresh air. I think Kery will sleep well tonight!
off for another day of therapy and getting stronger!
Kery wishes her nephew Chase a very happy 8th birthday today. It was a bit of a tough day for both Kery and Dawn as Dawn returned to work today. Kery had occupational therapy again today and they continue to work on her eye coordination and her arm movement. She is now able to bend her left elbow and is slowly regaining strength in her arm. She even got homework, she has a hockey word search that she needs to complete! Physio went well, her walking is improving and she worked on climbing stairs today. She is working very hard and as she says her long term goal is to someday play hockey but her short term focus is to do what she needs to do in order to get home and resume everyday life with Dawn and her puppies.
Kery was very excited to have a visit from her brother Scott, sister-in-law Deanne, niece Chelsea and nephew Chase today. They were able to enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours and even had Wendy’s for supper!!! Kery is appreciating having something other than hospital food and it’s great to see such an improvement in her appetite resulting in her getting stonger every day. Her walking and balance improve every day and she is working very hard to regain the movement in her left arm. Gary and Ann went to Drumheller today and really enjoyed their trip. It’s so nice that Ann has been able to have a couple of outings while she has been here. Tomorrow is back to occupational therapy in the morning and physio in the afternoon. We are looking forward to even more successes and continued improvement.